Boulder Medical Center After-Hours Care Information
Is your illness or injury an emergency?
When to call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room
Some conditions can be life-threatening if not treated immediately. Here are examples of symptoms for which you should call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room:
- Head injury with loss of consciousness, continuous vomiting, and/or change in level of alertness
- Difficulty breathing, especially if skin or lips are blue or if patient has asthma
- Chest pain with shortness of breath and/or jaw or arm pain (especially if there is nausea and or sweating)
- Ingestion of poison – Call poison control at 1-800-222-1222 for guidance.
- Numbness, tingling, paralysis or weakness on one side of the body
- Slurred speech or difficulty speaking
- Severe headache or migraine along with blurred vision, numbness, tingling, paralysis, or difficulty speaking
- Fracture (broken bone) where the bone is sticking out of the skin
- Exposure to rabies (bats) or bite by venomous snake
- Feelings or thoughts of suicide or homicide
- If the patient is the victim of a crime such as battery or sexual assault
When to choose Boulder Medical Center Urgent Care
Boulder Medical Center Urgent Care is available as your first choice for illnesses and injuries that are NOT life-threatening or if your primary care provider is not available. Our clinic is staffed by physicians (mostly family practice and/or emergency room specialists) and nurses 7 days-a-week.
Some of the conditions our Urgent Care staff can treat:
- Lacerations, fractures and dislocations
- Abdominal pain
- Cough, asthma, pneumonia, upper respiratory infections
- Sore throat
- Ear infection
- Fevers and rashes
- Contusions and bruising
- Urinary infections
- Administering intravenous (IV) fluids
Boulder Medical Center Urgent Care providers will refer you to a more advanced facility, primary care providers, or specialists as necessary.
For Pediatric Urgent Care
Boulder Medical Center Urgent Care can treat many pediatric conditions. Please call ahead for advice on your specific issue.
If your child has one of the following conditions and cannot see his or her primary care provider, consider the Children’s Hospital Urgent Care as an alternative:
- Babies 3 months old and younger with a fever over 100°F
- Children under 5 years old needing intravenous (IV) fluids
- Children with severe asthma or breathing difficulties
Boulder Medical Center partners with the Children’s Hospital for after-hours advice for our pediatric patients. The Children’s Hospital North Campus in Broomfield offers urgent care and inpatient care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Deciding where to go if primary care provider is not available
For non-emergency conditions:
If the current situation is not a life-threatening emergency, you have many options including:
- Since it is always better to have continuous care with your primary provider, please call your primary care provider first if the condition is taking place during normal business hours. Same day appointments may be available.
- After normal business hours, check these website links for extended and/or Saturday hours or for contact information to speak with the on-call provider. The on-call provider can guide you to the best treatment options and locations:[/vc_column_text]